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    Linguistic taboos in a second or foreign language

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2018) Linguistic taboos in a second or foreign language. In: Allen, K. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Taboo Words and Language. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198808190.

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    This chapter investigates the issues that arise when second and foreign language (LX) users include swearwords and taboo words in their speech. Knowing how to use these words appropriately requires considerable pragmatic competence. The difficulties that LX users face can arise from gaps in the semantic and conceptual representations of the LX swearwords and taboo words which leaves them unsure about their exact meaning, their emotional force, their offensiveness and their perlocutionary effects. Paradoxically, perfect knowledge of the LX is no guarantee for successful use of swearwords and taboo words because interlocutors might judge that LX users (identifiable though a foreign accent for example) do not have the right to use their swearwords and taboo words because they do not belong to the ‘in-group’. LX users are generally aware that LX swearing is a linguistic minefield that requires extra caution. Keywords: swearwords and taboo words, foreign language (LX) users, meaning, emotional force, offensiveness, frequency of use, affective processing, language embodiment


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 14:06
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:44


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